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Leadership and the arts go hand in hand

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There is a new leadership program in town. The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, which has been in Denver for quite a while, is offering its first class in Colorado Springs this September. The program is being sponsored locally by the Gay and Lesbian Fund, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation,… Continue Reading Leadership and the arts go hand in hand

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Dear Editor: The editorial piece from the Colorado Economic Futures Panel certainly started with the wrong assumption-”one state with a relatively consistent taxing and spending structure…” That is most certainly not what we have, nor what we should seek. I would submit to you, and to members of that Uber-Panel that our tax structures resemble… Continue Reading Futures Panel misses mark on state's taxing structure

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Last week, Judith Miller of The New York Times was sent to jail for refusing to reveal the name of one of her sources. And while I’ll likely lose my press pass for saying it, I think she deserved to go to jail. (I also think that the collective whining of the Fourth Estate about… Continue Reading Accepting the outcome of promising anonymity

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Candidate uprising waiting to happen

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Many employers are not paying attention. Their lack of sensitivity is about to cause some serious damage to their corporate recruiting. During the late 1990s, employers faced the two-headed dragon of a shortage of qualified workers and a seller’s market in labor. With numerous jobs available, talented people could-and did-pick the opportunities they wanted with… Continue Reading Candidate uprising waiting to happen

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Adm. Tim Keating and the folks from NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command really hit a home run last month with the Civic Leader Tour. They played host to a group of business and civic leaders from Colorado Springs on a tour of Langley Air Force Base, Norfolk Naval Station, Naval… Continue Reading Military takes civic leaders on a tantalizing 3-day tour

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Colorado, one state or many?

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is part… Continue Reading Colorado, one state or many?

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Editor’s note: After last week’s rambling diatribe about the utter stupidity of the U.S. Supreme Court, I thought it might be nice to tackle a softer subject. Of course, the last time I wrote a tongue-in-cheek column, there were a few CSBJ readers who thought I was wasting their time and the newspaper’s space. So… Continue Reading Resumes that I really wish had come across my desk

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Opinion—SBA seeking to maximize

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One of the many key responsibilities of the U.S. Small Business Administration is to ensure that small businesses receive a fair portion of federal procurement dollars. For example, the latest figures available indicate that in fiscal year 2003, the U.S. government met its goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contracts, more than $65 billion,… Continue Reading Opinion—SBA seeking to maximize

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Rising health care costs are a concern for every business, including the City of Colorado Springs. In 2004, employer health insurance premiums increased nationally by 11.2 percent -nearly four times the cost of inflation, according to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 2004 Annual Survey. Most employers are forced to pass on a significant portion… Continue Reading Opinion—Prevention key to keeping health care costs in check

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments have the right to seize private property for economic development reasons. In essence, the five liberal-leaning black robes told everyone in America who owns property that what they really have is simply a lease until some local-yokel politician decides that some deep-pocketed developer deserves the… Continue Reading Opinion—What were the five Supremes thinking?

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